Putting BIM in perspective

Building Information Modelling, or BIM, is often portrayed as the saviour of the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry. On the whole, BIM can be seen as a positive direction for the industry, attempting to address the inefficiencies and waste in the industry. Yet at the same time, numerous fractions of the BIM movement are threatening to hinder its cause. Go into any architectural office in the world today and you’ll find someone ‘doing BIM’. Typically with a technical background, they are known as evangelists, preaching the word of BIM. Listen to… Read More

Parametric Monkey reaches 100k views!

When starting Parametric Monkey, my aim was to accelerate computational literacy within architectural design. The genesis of this idea was simple. Over the course of my architectural career, I continued to come across technical issues when working with digital design tools. Parametric Monkey was created as a platform so that I could share this knowledge with others. I had no idea the impact it would have. I am humbled and proud to announced that Parametric Money has now passed 100,000 views and 40,000 visitors from over 100 different countries. This is a… Read More

BILT 2017

Join me at this year’s BILT ANZ conference (previously RTC Australasia) where I will be presenting three classes:   ‘Flux-ilicious: Open-data and cloud computing‘ – This class will identify some of the interoperability limitations we currently face and introduce Flux as a contender to solve these issues. We will cover how to setup a project and share data across Revit, Excel and Rhino and we’ll also delve into the Flux labs as a means to harness the power of open-data and cloud computing.   ‘In context: Working with GIS data sets’ –… Read More

AU 2016 Wrap Up

Approximately 10,000 delegates attended this year’s Autodesk University (AU) which was hosted at the Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas from 15-17 November.  The theme this year was ‘The future of making things’.  As usual, the conference opened with keynote lectures from CEO Carl Bass and CTO Jeff Kowalski. Kowalski opened the keynote by talking about Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, Generative Design, Virtual Reality (VR), and Robotic systems. These themes are not really new and have been a staple at AU conferences over the past few years. Next up was Carl Bass who… Read More

Sydney Computational Design Group

Join us on Wednesday 5 October at the Sydney Computational Design Group where we have Chris Pettit and Michael Ostwald presenting.   Chris Pettit is the inaugural Professor Urban Science at UNSW. He is Associate Director of the City Future Research Centre where he leads the City Analytics Program. Chris currently co-chairs the Geo4All OpenCitySmart initiative and is the co-chair of the International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) Geographical Visualisation and Virtual Reality Working Group. His expertise is in the convergence of the fields of spatial planning and GIS and he has published… Read More

Sydney Computational Design Group

Join us tomorrow evening at the Sydney Computational Design Group where we have Dr Luke Hespanhol and Dr Yannis Zavoleas presenting.   Dr Luke Hespanhol is a media artist, researcher, lecturer, interaction designer and software developer based in Sydney, Australia. His practice investigates the potential of media art to create engaging experiences that lead to reflection on the relationship between individuals and the immediate environment around them. Luke will present ‘Two Worlds Colliding: When The Digital Turn in Architecture Meets The Architectural Turn in Digital Media’. In this talk,he will discuss the growing convergence… Read More

BIM ecosystem

Building Information Modelling (BIM) entails interdependencies between technological, process and organisational/cultural aspects. These mutual dependencies have created a BIM ecosystem in which BIM related products form a complex network of interactions.¹ For a long time interoperability between these products has been essentially non-existent, resulting in users unwilling to interchange between different software platforms. Rather than using the best product for the job, users have preferred to remain in the software that they are most familiar with, possibly to the detriment of the design. One such example of this is conceptual massing within… Read More

BVN Dynamo package v1.0.0 released

I am pleased to announce the latest release of the BVN Dynamo package v1.0.0, which is compatible with Revit 2017 and Dynamo 1.0.0. There have been substantial changes with how Dynamo operates and it has been a mission to keep up to ensure that the nodes keep working as intended. Hopefully now as we progress forward we should see more robust performance.   Below is a list of nodes available in the current version, with hyperlinks to tutorials to demonstrate how they can be utilised. Since launching the BVN Dynamo package back… Read More

ROB|ARCH 2016

The ROB|ARCH2016 conference brings together world-leading researchers at the forefront of new robotic technologies and applications. This year’s conference was held in the iconic, industrial Pier 2/3 at Walsh Bay in Sydney from 15th –19th March. Hosted by The Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning from The University of Sydney, and in partnership with RMIT, Monash University, Bond University, UNSW, and UTS, the event comprised of a 3-day workshop and a 2-day conference.     As a major sponsor of the event, BVN contributed by fabricating the conference bags. These were custom printed using… Read More

RTC 2016

Recently I had the pleasure to attend the Twelfth Australasian RTC conference, held at the Crowne Plaza in the Hunter Valley from 12 – 14 May 2016. The conference brought together BIM experts from around the world to share knowledge, practical methods and new ideas. The conferenced opened by a fantastic and inspirational keynotes from David Rendall. Author of ‘The Freak Factor’, David entertained the audience suggesting that the best way to achieve and maintain excellence is to deviate from the norm. (If you are interested in finding out mode about David, you… Read More